Economist at UOB Group Lee Sue Ann comments on the upcoming monetary policy meeting by the BoE.
“Headline CPI inflation eased to 8.7% y/y in Apr, from 10.1% y/y in Mar. The reading was above estimates of 8.2% y/y. Core CPI inflation, however, surprised on the upside, climbing 6.8% y/y from 6.2% y/y in Mar.”
“While the unemployment rate unexpectedly rose to 3.9% in the three months to Mar, as more people sought to get back into the jobs market; pay growth, which is at the heart of the Bank of England (BOE)’s debate about whether to raise rates further, remained strong by historical standards.”
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